Qualification overview and objective
The objective of the qualification is to support a role in the workplace.
This qualification is aimed at supervisors and managers with a direct responsibility for health and safety management. The qualification is intended for learners already working in the capacity of supervisor or manager and those who are preparing to start work at this level.
Learners gaining this qualification will know that supervisors and managers have legal and moral obligations to ensure health and safety within a business and that this includes obligations to employees, contractors, visitors and suppliers. Its subject areas are regarded by the Health and Safety Executive as being important to developing safe working procedures in the workplace.
Entry requirements To register for this qualification, learners are required to be 16 years of age or above.
It is recommended that learners already possess a Level 3 Health and Safety qualification and It is advised that learners have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy or equivalent.
Guidance on assessment This qualification is assessed in two parts:
Part 1: Learners are expected to undertake the following activities:
- Undertake a risk assessment
- Construct a safe system of work
These activities should be completed during the course and do not need to be in examination conditions. Guidance for completion of part 1 is contained within the Tutor and Assessor Support Pack which is available from Secure Command and Control. Suggested forms are contained in a Learner Pack, but are also available to download from Secure Command and Control. Once complete, the assessor (usually the same person as the course tutor) will mark the work. This part of the assessment will be subject to external moderation. Only once moderation has taken place will the learner’s final result be confirmed. Guidance on external moderation is contained within the Tutor and Assessor Support pack.
Part 2: Written examination - total duration 3 hours
The examination will take the form of a written case study and learners must answer the questions set in relation to the case study provided in the exam paper. Learners will not have access to this case study in advance of the examination and may be tested on a sector area with which they are not directly familiar. Learners will be asked to apply their knowledge on the subject of health and safety and will not be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the specific operations of the business outlined in the case study.
Successful learners will have to demonstrate knowledge and understanding across the qualification unit and achieve a pass mark of 60%. Learners will achieve a Merit grade at 70% and a Distinction grade at 80%.
Progression opportunities On successful completion of this qualification, learners may wish to continue their development by undertaking one of the following qualifications:
- Level 4/5 Occupational health and safety qualifications